Good question, I have been caught like this before too, but no, it's not the problem this time. The pages just won't load at all.
Seems to be worldwide. We are forced to search at google.com.au, but still, even other google.com pages are not loading.
Stranger and stranger. O dear, maybe I've been banned! Funny thing is, though, Gmail messages are still downloading, but I can't log in to Gmail online, which is my preference.